Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781848134522 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781848134515 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only

Africa's Informal Workers

Collective Agency, Alliances and Transnational Organizing in Urban Africa

Ilda Lindell

Africa's Informal Workers

Ilda Lindell

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256 pages | 6.125 x 9.1875
Paper $47.95 ISBN: 9781848134522 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781848134515 Published April 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Africa's Informal Workers is a vigorous examination of the informalization and casualization of work, which is changing livelihoods in Africa and beyond.

Gathering cases from nine countries and cities across sub-Saharan Africa, and from a range of sectors, this volume goes beyond the usual focus on household ‘coping strategies’ and individual agency, addressing the growing number of collective organizations through which informal workers make themselves visible and articulate their demands and interests. The emerging picture is that of a highly diverse landscape of organized actors, providing grounds for tension but also opportunities for alliance. The collection examines attempts at organizing across the formal-informal work spheres, and explores the novel trend of transnational organizing by informal workers.

Part of the ground-breaking Africa Now series, Africa’s Informal Workers is a timely exploration of deep, ongoing economic, political and social transformations.
Contents
1. The Changing Politics of Informality: Collective Organizing, Alliances and.Scales of Engagement - Ilda Lindell

Part One: The Political Dynamics of Collective Organizing
2. Seen But Not Heard: Urban Voice and.Citizenship for Street Traders - Alison Brown and Michal Lyons
3. The Politics of Vulnerability: Exit, Voice and.Capture in Three Nigerian Informal Manufacturing Clusters - Kate Meagher
4. Women Leaders and.the Sense of Power: Clientelism and.Citizenship at the Dantokpa Market in Cotonou, Benin - Ebbe Prag

Part Two: Constructing Alliances: Organizing Across the Formal - Informal 'Divide'
5. Alliances Across The Formal-Informal Divide: South African Debates and.Nigerian Experiences - Gunilla Andrae and.Björn Beckman
6. Self-Organized Informal Workers and.Trade Union Initiatives in Malawi: Process, Challenges and Directions of Organizing the Informal Economy - Ignasio Malizani Jimu
7. Moments of Resistance: The Struggle Against Informalization in The City of Cape Town - David Christoffer Jordhus-Lier
8. The Possibilities for Collective Organization of Informal Port Workers in Tema, Ghana - Owusu Boampong

Part Three: International Dimensions of Organizing
9. The 'China Challenge': The Global Dimensions of Activism and the Informal Economy in Dakar, Senegal - Suzanne Scheld
10. Passport Please: The Cross-Border Traders Association in Zambia - Wilma S. Nchito and.Karen Tranberg Hansen
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